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ADAMS, George Madison

ADAMS, George Madison
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1837–1920

Biography

ADAMS, George Madison, (nephew of Green Adams), a Representative from Kentucky; born in Barbourville, Knox County, Ky., December 20, 1837; received private instruction from his father and attended Centre College, Danville, Ky.; studied law; clerk of the circuit court of Knox County, Ky., 1859–1861; during the Civil War raised a company of volunteers and was captain of Company H, Seventh Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, 1861–1863; in 1864 was commissioned paymaster with the rank of major; elected as a Democrat to the Fortieth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1867–March 3, 1875); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Forty-fourth Congress in 1874; elected Clerk of the United States House of Representatives for the Forty-fourth and for the two succeeding Congresses (December 6, 1875–December 5, 1881); appointed register of the Kentucky land office by Governor J. Proctor Knott, 1884–1887; appointed secretary of state for Kentucky by Governor Simon B. Buckner, 1887–1891; appointed Kentucky state railroad commissioner in 1891; appointed United States pension agent at Louisville by President Grover Cleveland and served from 1894 to 1898; after retirement resided at Winchester, Clark County, Ky., until his death on April 6, 1920; interment in Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Ky.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

The Filson Club Historical Society, Inc.

Louisville, KY
Papers: 1870-1876, 4 items. Includes letters from George Madison Adams with regard to the date for a special election that was called to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of U.S. Representative Jacob S. Golladay; personal information about George Madison Adams; and requests made by George Madison Adams for publications while he served as Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.
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